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DESCRIPTIONThe Winter Special of Trekkie Central Magazine
Im so glad you decided to accept our... ...offer. Not that you had much of a choice anyway. Your career with Starfleet in tatters, your closest friends turning their back on you - and every security officer within the quadrant looking to put a rather large hole in your favorite shirt (as well as the rest of your torso). Yes, yes, we know youre innocent - of course you are. But your services to us are too valuable for us to let you continue ignoring our calls, and it required special attention to get you to change your mind. To start, youll learn more about the secret agency for you when you dont know you need one, outlining just what we do and how we do it. Next, youll find out about some of our more creative efforts to distribute misinformation about 31 and how its made our little organization more popular than ever in the intelligence community - and how its continued our mission more than we couldve possibly imagined. Some of the best operations involving this information campaign is actually telling people the truth - youd be surprised about how often that works when you want to conceal what youre doing.... Once youre done absorbing those nuggets of info, youll find a series of briefings about some of our more infamous operatives - Commander Mak (Mark Kalita), Captain Laura Dalonna (Laura Post), and Lieutenant Tom Backus (Elie Hircshman) - including some of their personal commentary. Weve also included some data about Lieutenant Cole, an operative aboard USS Intrepid. Read up quickly - your first assignment starts very soon. And dont forget... ...31 watches over all of the Federations citizens. ALL of them. Best Regards, Director - Section 31
Steve Pasqua Interview 6
Elie Hirschman Interview 9
Section 31: A History
By Alex Matthews 13
Section 31: A History
The Secret Agency you have when you dont have
a secret agency, by Gerri and Eugenia 28
Section 31: A History
Star Trek Fan Fiction on Section 31 by Gerri and Eugenia 29
Laura Post Interview 32
Mark Kalita Interview 36
Secret Mission Briefing 45
Publisher: TC Productions
Production Company: TC Magazines
Editor: Richard Miles
Assistant Editors: Heather Ashleigh, Alex Matthews.
Head Writers: Gerri Donaldson, Alex Matthews, Richard Miles, Eugenia Stopyra.
Writers This Issue: Jonathon Connor, Gerri Donaldson, Elie Hirschman, Eugenia Stopyra, John Whiting.
Special Thanks To:
Interviewees: Elie Hirschman, Mark Kalita, Steve Pasqua and Laura Post.
Darker Projects, Hidden Frontier Productions and Intrepid Productions.
Briefing Room 17
Henglaar by John Whiting 18
McCoy Biography 20
Crusher Biography 21
Bashir Biography 22
The Doctor Biography 23
Phlox Biography 24
Pulaski Biography 25
Henglaar Biography 26
Coming Soon 44
TCM Staff 46
TCM: Can you give us some background on your
SP: Cole is the Strategic Operations Officer,
although most of the time hes just
muddling along doing whatever needs done. His
speciality is acquisition. If you need something,
hes your man. Or he at least knows someone
that can help.
TCM: How does your character fit in to the
Section 31 world?
SP: So far Cole hasnt had any direct dealings
with Section 31, at least not to his (or for that
matter my)knowledge. But who knows where
future storylines may take Cole. I dont, theyre
still in the writers head!!!
TCM: In the last episode, your character resigned
his commission what do you think will happen to
your character now?
SP: Shhhh Spoilers!?!? I think a spin off series is
in order(note hint of sarcasm). Ive an idea what
Nick plans to do with Cole, but Im revealing
nothing. Lets just say weve not heard the last of
him. Whether you like it or not.
TCM: Section 31 is featuring heavily in a lot of
Star Trek Fan Films recently, do you think that
this is a good or a bad thing, and why?
SP: I think its a good thing to have an element
that the fan films can take up as their own little
pocket creation. Gives all the various
productions a certain chumminess (if thats the
TCM: Section 31 is the darker side of the
Federation, its underbelly if you will, what is it
like being able to play a character associated
with that organisation, that has all those
mysteries and secrets?
SP: As I said, Cole hasnt had a direct association
with Section 31. However having faced his dark
side in the past and having to suppress it to a
degree in the present. I think he could possibly
empathise or even support the way that they
work. Cole has one or two mysteries and secrets
of his own, Im sure.
He seemed to have found a grounding once
again on the Intrepid. However the events of
TCM: What would you like to see your character doing in the
SP: Health, security and a chance to put his feet up. Or is that
me? He seemed to have found a grounding once again on the
Intrepid. However the events of Turning Point have thrown him
a bit of a curveball. How he deals with that will determine
where his future lies. Personally I cant wait to see what the
writers come up with. Just dont kill me off just yet.~
TCM: How do you see Tom Backus as a person?
EH: I think of Tom the way Eric Busby described him to
me when he first sought me out for the part: He's a hard-
core engineer, willing and able to cobble together unique
solutions with what he has at hand.
Follows in the fine tradition of Scotty and O'Brien, always
being asked to break the laws of physics and squeeze
more power out of the engines when it seems impossible.
I played Tom as straight as I could off the bat - honest,
innocent, and as it turned out, easily shocked at the way
his world get flipped upside down when he was brought
into Section 31.
TCM: How much involvement did you have over your
EH: Eric defined the initial parameters, but after that, he
let me take the character where I wanted. I generally
stuck to basics, but the chance to expand Tom a little
came when we did a "flash-forward" in one of our
episodes. We get a glimpse of Tom in the future, where
world after world has been decimated by the "Great
Destroyer." Tom is a more grim, sarcastic fellow in the
future, no doubt jaded by his experiences. After that, I
started to introduce a little sarcasm, a little bit of cynicism
into the role, but he's still essentially an earnest, hard-
working guy with a mostly optimistic outlook on life.
TCM: How do you try to individualise your various
EH: When I first started out in voice acting, I used to
spend time coming up with unique aspects and
backstories for my characters, but these days, I find the
time it takes is not really worth the results it yields. Now I
basically read though the lines, take note of any speech
patterns, slang, or distinctive phrases, and try to fit that
into an overall greater picture of the character. If the
character is hesitant in speech, I may introduce a small
stutter, pause or stumble on one of the lines, to make it
even more tentative. And of course, accents and voice
tones are the most fun part of all.
TCM: What would you do to prepare for a Section 31 scene?
EH: For a scene with Tom in it, I would converse with myself in
his accent - and after a while, it was like slipping on an old
comfy shoe. Doing Tom's voice takes me right into the
mindset I need. If it's a scene where I'm playing a Ferengi, I'll
usually contort my face into something hideous to make sure
it sounds like I have the proper amount of teeth. In any case,
starting out with a bunch of technobabble gets the mouth
TCM: Do you focus just on the series you work on, or do you
keep updated with the other shows on the site?
EH: I am a big Darker Projects fan. I've listened to all the
episodes of Byron, Night Terrors, and now Lost Frontier as
well. I'm not into Doctor Who but I do enjoy David Ault (our
current doctor), so I'll listen to some of the new episodes.
Plus, I'm in them as well, so there's added incentive for me to
TCM: What is it that drew you to the character you have
EH: Really, Tom was once of my earliest roles, so I just took
what was handed to me. Now that I've gotten many roles
under my belt and have had a chance to reprise the role of
Tom in Lost Frontier, it's a very comfortable experience to go
back and play Tom again. I guess Tom has an accent that's not
hard for me to do or maintain, and his voice has kind of a high
lilt to it, which is easy on the throat. Tom is also a crucial
member of the Nosferatu crew, so I guess it was good to feel
TCM: How did you get involved in voice acting in
EH: I took a local neighborhood night course on
How To Make Money in Voiceovers, given by John
Gallogly of Cre